Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management



Practical Zoo Nutrition Management

We are pleased to announce the next offering of “Practical Zoo Nutrition Management” through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia.

The course is not designed to “create a nutritionist in 5 days” (some of you already fill that role, others have a tangential daily role in zoo nutrition, some are getting into the field, etc).  It is designed to teach, learn about, and discuss many aspects of modern zoo nutrition management that we can / might face on a daily basis.  It is designed to immerse the participants in zoo nutrition for an intensive week of instruction and interaction (and FUN).  We hope to have zoo professionals (nutritionists, commissary managers, vets, curators, keepers), academics, graduate students, and other related wildlife professionals participate in order to provide for diversity in backgrounds, experiences, questions, and discussion.

We conducted this course earlier this year and both the students and instructors had a great time, while collectively increasing our nutrition knowledge base.  Given that it was the first time we offered it, we also learned a lot about the course itself – flow, pace, content, etc – in order to improve on an already solid plan.  We expect another fantastic week.


The course is being offered from 5-9 June 2017, but it is not too early to apply.  Application details are available via the link: http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/graduate-and-professional/professional-training-courses/nutrition/






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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

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